Filomena Pavone, Nonna to her family, watches over and advises her grandsons by day, and dreams by night of her youth in the southern Italian village of Arduino—its dusty narrow streets, its fragrant flowers, her first forbidden kisses. No one knows or remembers this other Filomena, and her surrendered life of passion and love. But her spirit still glows inside her like banked coals.
Beloved by readers and critics alike, Advice for Italian Boys resonates and surprises. Anne Giardini reveals how life’s most intense moments arise unexpectedly, and how, like Nicolo, we must glean the advice we need to live our lives from wellintentioned but often misguided friends, family and strangers.
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Most of this book, I wasn't feeling at all. It was just a story to me, until we got to Zoe's part about 200 pages in, and I was interested in something.
Don't get me wrong, it has the most beautiful, descriptive writing. It's just that the story doesn't really go anywhere. These characters live,eat, sleep, work, go to school, love, just like we do. It still didn't work for me though. I felt like the story was missing something.
It kind of sucks that smaller character had a bigger impact on me than the main character of the book's focus.
I did like the 'old country' proverbs. Especially with both English and Italian translations for each one. Those alone were worth reading the story for. Each one was quite deep and thought-provoking.
So while this wasn't my cup of espresso, it may be more to your tastes. It's one of those cases where you can't knock it till you try it.
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